The Leisure Centre is a $34.2 million project featuring two NHL-sized ice pads, a pool complex, a double gymnasium and ample community service spaces. The design provides fold-down seating within the rink areas for 900 and 300 spectators and includes 9 accessible change rooms, a larger home team room, public skate change area and associated officials’ rooms.
The Grand Opening Ceremony
Several hundred residents were on hand to witness the grand opening, including MP Peter Van Loan, MPP Julia Munro, Deputy Warden Harry Hughes and Mayor Doug White. The official opening ceremony included a ribbon cutting and donor wall unveiling.
Town Manager Jay Currier spoke about the professionals that worked on the project. “It took a phenomenal effort to do the design and construction within the time we had to complete the project in order to comply with the requirements of the grant funding and we appreciate your tremendous contributions.” said Currier. “Gerry (Pilon), you and your team obviously take a great deal of pride in a facility that you can showcase along with the other great buildings that you design. Many thanks.”
Sustainable Design Features
The Centre boasts many sustainable design features and has been submitted for LEED Silver certification. Both rinks take advantage of waste heat from the refrigeration system to provide hydronic in-floor heating. In addition, rainwater will be captured and stored in a cistern for use in the manufacturing of the arena ice. Secondary heat reclaim of grey-water from shower drains, which will run through a series of coils, will be used to preheat supply water to the showers, reducing the energy required to heat water throughout the building.